I am a third generation artist who grew up in my father’s studio watching him draw and paint for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to learn many things from him, especially my love of art. My Grandfather was also a painter, and I was called to continue in the family tradition. After a childhood of drawing and painting I went to school to develop my ability and push my artistic self onward. My love and ability with pencil continued and improved, as well as painting. (At least, I prefer to think they did…) But college opened my eyes to two areas of art I had yet to work with; Sculpture, a form I had always been interested in – and Digital, something I thought at that time was only used for word processing.
My experience with sculpture in school created a lifelong love, and once I found my footing (and arcane imaging programs key board short cuts) in the digital world, I never looked back.
While I love the multi sensory environment and physical solidity of traditional art, I am enchanted with the sorcery of digital art. I use drawing, painting, animation and 3D modeling. In essence having a complete Digital Studio. The world of art has exploded with potential thanks to the various software that facilitate the creative process.
I have been asked about my creative process and I like to characterize it this way- in my mind I am standing still while a vortex swirls around me. I am in the eye of the tornado, the center of the storm. Thoughts whip by at great speed, like debris blown by the storm, slowing only when I focus on them. Then they continue on their way, only to eventually circle around and come back around again. The only way I have found to quiet them, and make the thoughts leave the vortex is to create them. Once inspired, I am compelled to make the image or form.
I teach at a small community college in New England, full of wonderful students, faculty and staff. I love to teach and feel fortunate to have such a career and community. When not teaching college, I run a small Ju-Jitsu Dojo, practicing a physical form of art that calls to me as strongly as the visual arts.
I am happy to add that my intelligent and creative 7 year old daughter, Zella, has shown great interest in art and has been painting, drawing and sculpting at my side every chance she gets since she could sit in a chair. She has taken to creating artwork on her own as well, and shows a growing appreciation and love for art.
If any of my work calls to you, please let me know. Even if you are not in the market to purchase a piece at the moment, I for one love to have conversations that might be inspired due to a reaction that my artwork generates. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work, and thank you again if you were interested enough to read this bio!